Rusty Taco

This standby has made its name serving traditional Mexican tacos. Try the fired chicken taco, topped in jalepeño ranch dressing and crunchy slaw.

Bonfire Burritos

This tiny Mexican spot is a staple in Golden, serving burritos, street tacos, and "Colorado's finest green chile."

Los Pastes Mexican Empanadas

The "paste," a cousin of the empanada, is a small English savory pie. Try a variety of fillings such as potato, onion, and beef or chicken mole. 

El Chingon

Serving traditional Mexican dishes, this bistro emphasizes fresh ingredients and house-made chiles.

Lime (Denver Pavilions)

This American cantina offers fresh Mexican food and a wide variety of tequilas. Don't miss the dollar tacos and $5 margaritas every Tuesday. 

Los Chingones

An extension of chef-owner Troy Guard's TAG family, Los Chingones is shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. The 90-seat rooftop bar overlooks RiNo. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos.  

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina

This taqueria bolsters classic street tacos with contemporary ingredients. The key: smoked whole, locally raised animals, including duck and pork. Try them with one of the many tequilas.


Find creative tacos and lounge on the large patio at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Try the Sirloin Situation taco: slow-cooked sirloin steak, roasted onions, gouda sweet potato mash, and house crema.

Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar

This Seattle-based Tex-Mex eatery focuses on fresh produce and house-made marinades, rubs, and sauces. The signature picante sauce pleases heat seekers without overpowering the flavors.

Agave Taco Bar

This street-style taqueria tops house-made corn tortillas (including a squid-ink variety) with anything from nopalitos to grilled shrimp to poblano peppers. For maximum effect, head to the patio to sip on a margarita or one of the fresh, authentic agua fresca juices.